FollowMyHealth Patient Portal

Keki R. Balsara, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Specialty Areas

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Thoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

Surgery
Surgery Critical Care

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Areas of Clinical Interest

Thoracic organ transplantation, advanced therapies for end stage heart failure, ventricular assist devices, ECMO, coronary artery bypass surgery, aortic surgery, surgical critical care

  • Maps & Directions
  • Education
  • Publication & Research

Maps & Directions

Maps & Directions

Center for Advanced Medicine
Lung Center

4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Suite: B
Floor: 8
Office Phone: (314) 362-9181
Fax: (314) 367-8459

Education

Education

Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 2011
Bachelor of Arts: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1998
Medical Degree: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2003
Residency: Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 2014
Residency: Surgery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 2010

Publication & Research

Publication & Research

Lung Focused Resuscitation at a Specialized Donor Care Facility Improves Lung Procurement Rates.
Chang SH, Kreisel D, Marklin GF, Cook L, Hachem R, Kozower BD, Balsara KR, Bell JM, Frederiksen C, Meyers BF, Patterson GA, Puri V
Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Jan 11; pii: S0003-4975(18)30015-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.12.009.

PMID:
    29337122
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Related citations


The profound impact of combined severe acidosis and malperfusion on operative mortality in the surgical treatment of type A aortic dissection.
Lawton JS, Moon MR, Liu J, Koerner DJ, Kulshrestha K, Damiano RJ Jr., Maniar H, Itoh A, Balsara KR, Masood FM, Melby SJ, Pasque MK
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Mar; 155(3)897-904. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.11.002.

PMID:
    29249502
    [PubMed - in process]
Related citations


Ex vivo lung perfusion: Perfusing less lung can yield more lungs.
Balsara KR, Puri V, Kreisel D
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Nov; 154(5)e91-e92. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.07.007.

PMID:
    28784242
    [PubMed - in process]
Related citations


Left Ventricular Unloading by Impella Device Versus Surgical Vent During Extracorporeal Life Support.
Tepper S, Masood MF, Baltazar Garcia M, Pisani M, Ewald GA, Lasala JM, Bach RG, Singh J, Balsara KR, Itoh A
Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Sep; 104(3)861-867. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.12.049.

PMID:
    28347536
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Implantation of left ventricular assist device in a patient with left ventricular non-compaction.
Balsara KR, Bierhals A, Vader J, Pasque MK, Itoh A
J Card Surg. 2017 Feb; 32(2)159-161. doi: 10.1111/jocs.13088.

PMID:
    28076895
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Extracorporeal Left Ventricular Circulatory Support as a Bridge to Implantable LVAD for a Patient With Pan-Left Ventricular Thrombosis.
Ogawa M, Balsara KR, Masood MF, Itoh A
ASAIO J. 2017 Jul/Aug; 63(4)e45-e46. doi: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000000432.

PMID:
    27556143
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Surgical techniques to avoid parenchymal injury during lung resection (fissureless lobectomy).
Balsara KR, Balderson SS, D'Amico TA
Thorac Surg Clin. 2010 Aug; 20(3)365-9. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2010.04.002.

PMID:
    20619227
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


"Hybrid" repair of aneurysms of the transverse aortic arch: midterm results.
Hughes GC, Daneshmand MA, Balsara KR, Achneck HA, Sileshi B, Lee SM, McCann RL
Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Dec; 88(6)1882-7; discussion 1887-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.07.027.

PMID:
    19932255
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Chronic aspiration shifts the immune response from Th1 to Th2 in a murine model of asthma.
Barbas AS, Downing TE, Balsara KR, Tan HE, Rubinstein GJ, Holzknecht ZE, Collins BH, Parker W, Davis RD, Lin SS
Eur J Clin Invest. 2008 Aug; 38(8)596-602. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2362.2008.01976.x.

PMID:
    18717828
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Aprotinin's effect on blood product transfusion in off-pump bilateral lung transplantation.
Balsara KR, Morozowich ST, Lin SS, Davis RD, Phillips-Bute BG, Hartwig M, Appel JZ, Welsby IJ
Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2009 Jan; 8(1)45-8. doi: 10.1510/icvts.2008.178749.

PMID:
    18669527
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Chronic aspiration of gastric fluid induces the development of obliterative bronchiolitis in rat lung transplants.
Li B, Hartwig MG, Appel JZ, Bush EL, Balsara KR, Holzknecht ZE, Collins BH, Howell DN, Parker W, Lin SS, Davis RD
Am J Transplant. 2008 Aug; 8(8)1614-21. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2008.02298.x.

PMID:
    18557728
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Assessing oropharyngeal dysphagia after lung transplantation: altered swallowing mechanisms and increased morbidity.
Atkins BZ, Trachtenberg MS, Prince-Petersen R, Vess G, Bush EL, Balsara KR, Lin SS, Davis RD Jr
J Heart Lung Transplant. 2007 Nov; 26(11)1144-8.

PMID:
    18022080
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Prolonged function of macrophage, von Willebrand factor-deficient porcine pulmonary xenografts.
Cantu E, Balsara KR, Li B, Lau C, Gibson S, Wyse A, Baig K, Gaca J, Gonzalez-Stawinski GV, Nichols T, Parker W, Davis RD
Am J Transplant. 2007 Jan; 7(1)66-75.

PMID:
    17109734
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Vascular endothelium does not activate CD4+ direct allorecognition in graft rejection.
Kreisel D, Krasinskas AM, Krupnick AS, Gelman AE, Balsara KR, Popma SH, Riha M, Rosengard AM, Turka LA, Rosengard BR
J Immunol. 2004 Sep 1; 173(5)3027-34.

PMID:
    15322162
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Fetal liver as a source of autologous progenitor cells for perinatal tissue engineering.
Krupnick AS, Balsara KR, Kreisel D, Riha M, Gelman AE, Estives MS, Amin KM, Rosengard BR, Flake AW
Tissue Eng. 2004 May-Jun; 10(5-6)723-35.

PMID:
    15265289
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Myocardial tissue engineering and regeneration as a therapeutic alternative to transplantation.
Krupnick AS, Kreisel D, Riha M, Balsara KR, Rosengard BR
Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2004; 280139-64.

PMID:
    14594210
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Inspiratory loading does not accelerate dystrophy in mdx mouse diaphragm: implications for regenerative therapy.
Krupnick AS, Zhu J, Nguyen T, Kreisel D, Balsara KR, Lankford EB, Clark CC, Levine S, Stedman HH, Shrager JB
J Appl Physiol (1985). 2003 Feb; 94(2)411-9.

PMID:
    12531909
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Mouse vascular endothelium activates CD8+ T lymphocytes in a B7-dependent fashion.
Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Balsara KR, Riha M, Gelman AE, Popma SH, Szeto WY, Turka LA, Rosengard BR
J Immunol. 2002 Dec 1; 169(11)6154-61.

PMID:
    12444119
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Mechanism of T cell-mediated endothelial apoptosis.
Krupnick AS, Kreisel D, Popma SH, Balsara KR, Szeto WY, Krasinskas AM, Riha M, Wells AD, Turka LA, Rosengard BR
Transplantation. 2002 Sep 27; 74(6)871-6.

PMID:
    12364869
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations


Non-hematopoietic allograft cells directly activate CD8+ T cells and trigger acute rejection: an alternative mechanism of allorecognition.
Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Gelman AE, Engels FH, Popma SH, Krasinskas AM, Balsara KR, Szeto WY, Turka LA, Rosengard BR
Nat Med. 2002 Mar; 8(3)233-9.

PMID:
    11875493
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Related citations

Areas of Research Interest

ICU quality metrics, cost-effectiveness in medicine, VAD outcomes